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Hi i'm now starting an eldar army but don't know what to buy
Is the battle force a good place to start or if not what's a cost effective way of reaching 1000pts?
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Read the Codex first. If you don't have one then make that your main priority before buying any pieces. Then you decide on your play style and what you want to use, the battle reports and threads on the Eldar forum are good for telling you what units can do what and how to make them do it. I don't mean mimic what someone else did, but read it so that you know it can be done. I'm guessing you're not rolling in money as you asked for a cost effective way to reach 1000pts, so you may want to play test a unit before before purchasing it. I do this by proxying units I already have and pots of paint for things like Space marines, Storm guardians, etc. How I'm keeping the cost down is keeping track of how many models come in a squad, and how many models come in a boxed set, and if there is more than half a squad ina single boxed set than that is all that I will buy as i can't afford to buy two sets and not use all the models. Non-mechanised armies are cheaper than mechanised ones are if you are really interested in saving money, but basically make sure that you use what you buy and that you know that once you buy something that you will continue to use it. My list is about V.17 from all the tuning I;ve done to it before I bought any models.
Once you have looked at what army you want to field than you'll have to decide if the battleforce will get you there faster.
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Very good advice from Shiz.
The thing about eldar armies is that they can be so diverse and each different style can work wonders in given situations.
The single most important thing you must get is the codex, then read through it a few times very carefully and then post a few lists up here. This will help with people tweaking lists a little bit and get you a general idea of what you may be aiming for before you start spending that hard earned cash on things you may or may not use.
Another thing I might add is instead of going for a 1000pt list straight up, why not try for smaller more manegable sizes - say 400/750/1000 - build it in increments as this a) gives you more time to try different units out by proxy b) gives you an idea on the way you want to run them c) is more cost effective because you are buying units you will want d) gives you more time to assemble and paint them and finally e) is a fun way of building armies especially if you have other friends starting a new army at the same time.
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Rep points, both of you. I think that is about the best options ANYONE can have for starting ANY army. I've bought and sold too many armies because of not doing that. Marshall93, dont make the same mistake I did, and hope you like the setup(s) that you create.
I bought it when I started my Eldar army and I have mixed opinions on it, but that is also due to how I feel about individual unit effectiveness on the battlefield (for example I came to find that guardians with heavy weapons cant hit the broadside of the barn and that the included Autarch is not all that effective unless you take the flamer from the firedragon exarch and make it into a fusion gun for him)
All in all, unless you know that you will want all the units in the set, buy it, but if you are unsure, I wouldnt buy it, I would use proxy lists until you have an idea of what you like and then start small on buying from ebay maybe. Hope this helps.
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Eldar Battleforce (using USD):
Five Dire Avengers (with exarch)
1 War Walker
1 Wave Serpent
1 Guardian Heavy Weapon Platform+2 Guardians
Total Cost: 90 USD
Notes: No HQ
Eldar Guardian Box
8 Guardians +2+Heavy weapon Platform
Dire Avenger Box
10 DAs (incl Exarch)
15 Effective for the Army box
Eldar War Walker Box
1x War Walker
Eldar Wave Serpent Box
1x Eldar Wave Serpent
Total Cost Seperately: 115
However, if you don't want, use, or need Guardians, buying everything seperate will actually cost you 5 USD less than the battleforce. Of course, you'd have to buy the full set of DAs (at 30 USD), obviously.
So it looks like you may want to buy two battleforces, then start picking up things seperately.
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